"Suffragette" is a meaningful history lesson, but as a movie, it plays like a slog through history class.
The weight of the entrenched injustices these characters stagger under is enough to keep you on the verge of tears throughout.
An intriguing premise dampened by thin characters and a formulaic story.
Mulligan, in particular, delivers, bringing believability to a role that's quite a stretch, given the transformation her character has to go through from workaday mum to first-wave feminist superhero.
Sarah Bryan Miller
Morgan's writing is occasionally pedestrian, but the sweep of the story, the performances and Gavron's vision make up for it.
It's always compelling; you feel grateful, watching, that this story is being told at all.
Suffragette occasionally turns hard truths into platitudes. But the story is inspiring, buoyed by a fine cast, a pointed, important examination of the price paid for a shot at equality.
The script, by Abi Morgan, filters out the contextual complexities of politics, and Sarah Gavron's direction reduces difficult situations to simple sentiments.
Mulligan's performance, coupled with a solid script by Abi Morgan, shows us just how much is at stake when a woman decides to wage war.